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Using the Time at Home

With the sudden emergence of COVID-19, some of us have much more time on our hands. “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise, but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:16). ...

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Don't Neglect Your Health

These are strange times in the life of our church. We're unable to gather together on Sundays, but we have access to technology that enables us to communicate instantly by voice, text, or video. Even from a distance, the staff and elders want to shepherd and care for your souls. We're trying to do that through a variety of means: phone calls to check in, the preaching ...

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The Golden Rule Applied to Prayer

The second great command is not, “Pray for your neighbor.” Rather, the command is, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Yet one of the clearest reflections of this love is our praying on behalf of one another. There is no better way to love another than to make intercession for them, specifically that their faith would not fail when under assault....

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Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health

Last Sunday we looked at Matthew 13:1-23 where Jesus tells the parable of the various soils. Through this parable Jesus explains the nature of the kingdom but also how a person must enter the kingdom. Included in this blog are questions taken from Donald Whitley's "Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health" to help you assess what kind of soil you are based on how yo...

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Bible Reading in 2013

For those of you thinking about devoting greater attention to the Word in 2013, here is a compilation of great resources for you to consider using as tools...

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A Heart that Mourns

As Christians, our hearts are to react to sin like a hand to a hot stove. So how do we develop a greater sensitivity to our sin? How do we develop this mourning that leads to blessedness and comfort? Developing a heart that mourns rightly....

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Cultivating Poverty of Spirit

Matthew 5:3 says, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." But how do we develop this type of humility that wins the kingdom?...

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Top Ten Evangelism Tips

Tim Keller gives these ten practical suggestions for engaging in gospel conversations with friends. What's notable about this list is how incredibly simply it is. You should definitely incorporate his advice here....

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Moving Upward Instead of Forward

Luke Akins shares with us some of the teaching he has been going through with the youth from 1 John 2:15-17, where we are told that our love should be directed toward God and not the things of this world....

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1 John and The Expulsive Power of a New Affection

We have been going through the letter of 1 John in our adult education class currently. This week we come to the familiar verses about that command "Do not love the world!" What does that mean? Are we supposed to eschew everything around us and retreat into spiritual hermitage? Certainly not! We are to move within the world with new affections that are fixed not on the thi...

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Hidden in the Heart

One of the consequences of the internet-trained brain seems to be an inability to hide very much - not much of the Word of God, to be sure - in our hearts. That results in a crippling weakness in the battle for godliness....

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He Washed My Eyes With Tears

He washed my eyes with tears that I might see,The broken heart I had was good for me;He tore it all apart and looked inside,He found it full of fear and foolish pride.He swept away the things that made me blind,And then I saw the clouds were silver lined;And now I understand 'twas best for me,He washed my eyes with tears that I might see. He washed my eyes with tears that...

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The Word in Worship

In the teaching on January 15, Tom called us to join him in committing ourselves to delight in Christ through the Word this year. Once way to do this would be to try a Bible reading plan that takes you through the New Testament, 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week....

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Bible Reading Plans

For those of you thinking about devoting greater attention to the Word in 2012, here is a compilation of great resources for you to consider using as tools....

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